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(Some shocked guy)   For some reason, Styx decided it would be a good idea to release a cover of "I Am the Walrus" in 2004. Amazingly, it doesn't suck   ( styxworld.com) divider line
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2004-12-19 11:01:33 PM  
Call me crazy, but I really don't see any reason to release a cover if you don't bring SOMETHING of your own to the table. Styx doesn't do that here. Until about the last 10 seconds, their version sounds virtually identical to the Beatles' version. If it was playing in the background and I wasn't really listening closely to it, I probably wouldn't even realize that it wasn't the Beatles. This is an admirable imitation to be sure, but why listen to this when I can listen to the original?
2004-12-20 12:43:54 AM  
Where's Dennis DeYoung?
2004-12-20 01:24:58 AM  
Bailed to do Broadway.

The "Behind The Music", like Journey, Guns N' Roses, etc, pretty much revealed him to be a prima donna.

as Van Halen called it, "LSD" - "lead singer disease"
2004-12-20 01:43:36 AM  
I agree with Random_McEric. This is a good tribute, but not a good cover, if that makes any sense.

Also, never before has a music video given me such an urge to kill before. Something about putting a picture of the lyrics pisses me off. "Hmmm...the song says 'sitting in a cornflake' so let's put a picture of us sitting in a cornflake in our video. That would be great! Yipee!!" Grrr.
2004-12-20 03:54:20 AM  
Yeah, this video seriously blows.
The song may be well done, but the ringing in my ears from video-rage drowned it out.
It's like someone's AfterEffects traveled back to 1994 and then vomited out every plugin it had.
Ehhhgggg... Man!
2004-12-20 04:45:23 AM  
At least it ain't rap/hip-hop or some lipsynching pop idol.
2004-12-20 05:50:52 AM  
That was craptacular.


At least if American Idol did it we would have a reason for the suckage.
2004-12-20 06:23:23 AM  
Yeah, I don't know what the point of that was, either, unless it's just sheer desperation, which has often been the case with bands who traditionally develop their own material and then start looking to cover a classic. But that was a live track (unless they just added in live audience effects at the beginning and end, but it didn't sound like it) and from snooping around the site (and I didn't snoop that much) it didn't seem like this was intended to be their Big New Single. It may just be an online freebie for fans, who knows.

It did say they re-recorded "Fooling Yourself" for their latest album. Don't get that, either.
2004-12-20 06:27:46 AM  
who says it doesnt suck?
2004-12-20 06:28:44 AM  
Still stinging from the idea of 'Hung at Christmas.'
2004-12-20 06:35:33 AM  
Amazingly, it doesn't suck

I disagree.
2004-12-20 06:35:45 AM  
I totally disagree with the non-suckage.
2004-12-20 06:36:29 AM  

If you play it backwards, the lyrics actually taunt the dynamite monkey...
2004-12-20 06:37:37 AM  
Amazingly, I couldn't bring myself to watch it.
2004-12-20 06:38:55 AM  
Was that Billy Bob Thornton holding an egg?
2004-12-20 06:43:18 AM  
the song isn't bad, but the video is teh ghey.

seriously though, I hate it when videos are literal interpretations of the lyrics...it especially doesn't work when its a lyrical mindfark like "I am the Walrus".

and the lead singer is acting way too retarded in the video, almost takes away from the song.
2004-12-20 06:43:54 AM  
StrikitRich: Still stinging from the idea of 'Hung at Christmas.'

You mean "Hung for the Holidays"?
2004-12-20 06:44:04 AM  
They do it competently. But I agree, if you're going to cover a song and add it to your catelog you should rework it and make it yours. HOWEVER, I don't think that's what they're trying to do. I think it's just them playing the song, they aren't trying to make it theirs.
2004-12-20 06:44:37 AM  
"It's like that song Come Sail Away by Styx. Every time I hear it I can't do anything until it's finished."
2004-12-20 06:46:18 AM  
oh come on guys, styx just wanted to make a video so they could show off their hot bods!

oh wait... that can't be it either
2004-12-20 06:49:22 AM  
No, they wanted to show off all their "1994 video plug-ins" by puking them into their movie.
2004-12-20 06:49:49 AM  
Damn Yankees, remaking classic British songs.

I'm sorry for that.

Ok. Anywho, that video is almost as terrible as Eminem's "Mosh" which looks like it was made on a Mac Quadra 610av.

This video looks like it was done on an Amiga 2000 with Video Toaster.

So it's 1% better.
2004-12-20 06:51:15 AM  

Let's hope for an for this thread.
2004-12-20 06:53:04 AM  
peter_hook: This video looks like it was done on an Amiga 2000

Amiga rocks. You don't know what you're talking about. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to rewind the tape.

/ok, so that was the Commodore
2004-12-20 06:54:18 AM  
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2004-12-20 06:57:00 AM  
I swear to GOD that was Billy Bob.....
2004-12-20 06:57:39 AM  
Styx is the greatest American rock band and the only reason the critics never say so is because they're all cynical assholes.
2004-12-20 07:02:32 AM  
To my fellow Canadian FARK'ers who watched this and stared at the Lead Singer in dumb shock

YES That IS him, you can stop saying WTF!?!?!?!? now.

/Ahhh Mullet Days on old MuchMusic
2004-12-20 07:04:50 AM  
Sounds like the original, so at least it sounds good :)

However, isn't there some kind of age limit at which you're not allowed to make music videos anymore?
2004-12-20 07:06:45 AM  
morrisonsl - Yeah, you're right. Too early to get my Williwm Hung titles correct.
2004-12-20 07:09:57 AM  
This "stynx". AHA HA HA HA HA!

2004-12-20 07:12:07 AM  
That was Great! Styx were also great when they played my hometown prom in Hinsdale. (they are still talkin about that prom back home)
2004-12-20 07:16:12 AM  
But Killroy...what about the young people?
2004-12-20 07:18:21 AM  
I'm right there with ya, Random.

If you're gonna cover a song, and you're not some cover band or tribute band, then put your own spin on it and make it sound different than the original. This version may not suck, but it's unneccessary.

I can only think of a couple of cover songs that came across as a fresh alternative to the originals.

All along the Watchtower - Hendrix
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Talking Heads - Take me to the river

And if you want a good Beatles cover, I give you:

Joe Cocker - With a little help from my friends
2004-12-20 07:23:37 AM  
2004-12-20 07:23:37 AM  
In this era of over-rated "performers", I'm just glad that (Larry/Lawrence) Gowan is still out there rockin'; even if it is with Styx. That is one man who was gravely under-rated, and most of you Yanks probably don't even know who the hell I'm talking about.
2004-12-20 07:26:37 AM  
I'll probably get flamed for this one, but I thought STP did an admirable job on "Revolution".
2004-12-20 07:29:24 AM  
In other news... Styx still exists.
2004-12-20 07:36:11 AM  
Serious non-art here folks. What really annoys me is the occasion faux English accent on some of the lyrics. Arrrgggh.

Sounds like a rehearsal joke gone to far. And then becomes a seriously overproduced piece of crap for public release. A punk rock or classical version might be interesting... but this blows.
2004-12-20 07:37:21 AM  
Somehow, I don't think Styx understood the song- and I don't mean on a musical level.
2004-12-20 07:40:16 AM  
goo goo kajoob
2004-12-20 07:45:43 AM  
It's not that bad. Except for Gowan. I could have done without Gowan. He sounds like Chris DeBurgh in this..
2004-12-20 07:53:04 AM  
Whatever. That is still a most excellent mullet. I want it.
2004-12-20 07:53:51 AM  
I thought a cover was an identical version and a tribute was something entirely different and more like the sound of the band playing it.

Such as "The Metro" by System of a Down. The lyrics tend to be there, and he shrieks "Riding on the Metro" once and a while, but the structure's been completely farked with. That's not something I'd expect a "cover band" to do, so is it a cover or a tribute?

2004-12-20 07:55:10 AM  
Freakin' pointless.
2004-12-20 07:55:47 AM  
I just realized the TotalFark logo looks like the Wal-Mart logo. Man, am I slow on the uptake.
2004-12-20 08:02:30 AM  

Some other good re-interpretive covers:

Ruben Blades - The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul.
Softcell - Tainted Love
Fountains of Wayne - Baby One More Time (seriously)
LMP - Only Happy When it Rains
Thea Gilmore - Straight Up
Glow - Dancing Queen
Estradasphere - Super Mario Bros 2 Theme
Ash - Cantina Theme
Max Raabe - Super Trooper
Dream Academy - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Cake - I Will Survive
Brian Dewan - R2D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2004-12-20 08:04:32 AM  
Want a great cover? Yes' cover of America is killer. I agree that covers are only worthwhile if you bring some kind of twist to it. This is just a "by the numbers" version with a little heavier guitar.
2004-12-20 08:15:18 AM  

I'm just not sure that I could agree more! I got thier cover of America on the remastered Close to the Edge last year.
2004-12-20 08:17:41 AM  
Actually this is Styx, I don't recall Damn Yankees redoing any classic British songs.
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